TV Review: Marvel's WandaVision, Episode 8 (SPOILER-FILLED)

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WandaVision is a 2021 superhero-mystery show created by Jac Schaeffer. It is currently streaming on Disney+. The show will run for nine episodes until March 5, 2021. The series stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany. It is based on various Marvel Comics. The show shares continuity with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, acting as a sequel to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. It will be followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.


"But what is grief, if not love persevering?" -Vision

Plot


After revealing her true self to Wanda, Agatha Harkness decides to delve into Wanda's past traumas and figure out how she created the Hex. Wanda witnesses all of this and begins to question her own actions.







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Episode 8 "Previously On" Review


Now most of the questions have been answered.


I enjoyed this episode a lot more than I did with episode 4, which was the last flashback episode. This episode definitely gave us a lot more answers and pitched the ball straight down the middle so that this finale can get that home run.


This episode showed us everything. And by everything, I mean everything. But the biggest question has been answered: How did Wanda create the Hex? And the answer was honestly not anything that we expected. However, it was actually pretty satisfying.


Wanda created the Hex on accident and never re-animated Vision's corpse. She simply created it out of anger and grief, which shot out of her when she came back from Thanos' snap.


This episode was really, really sad. The tone felt very downbeat and dark. It showed all of Wanda's trauma in this really upsetting fashion. Elizabeth Olsen's performance just pulled on all the heartstrings. She was absolutely incredible. It makes you feel the weight of Wanda's trauma and the horrors she has experienced in the past, bringing a DCEU-level of dark to the MCU. It does a great job of developing Wanda's character, cementing her as one of the biggest forces to be reckoned with in the MCU.


There was also a lot of fan service in this episode that actually felt earned. The biggest thing was obviously the Scarlet Witch name drop. That made sense in light of Agatha's confusion and usage of all her weird magical terms throughout the episode. But they talked about Wanda's disappearing accent, which fans made fun of. They showed the Salem Witch Trials, which Agatha survives in the comics. It wasn't nearly as much as Endgame, but it was the right amount.


This episode set up a slam bang finale. I actually was genuinely surprised that Wanda didn't actually resurrect Vision's corpse. Instead, she just created a different version of him. We see Hayward's plan fully form in the after-credits. And Agatha has captured Billy and Tommy. This fight will be hopefully sick.


I like that this episode didn't give us any of the answers that we'd been expecting. Everyone has been theorizing about a million different things, but nobody thought that Wanda created the Hex on accident. I truly like that they took it in that direction.


However, as much as I liked the answers that they gave us, I guarantee that some people will be disappointed. It may not be the biggest twist ever that Wanda just created it on accident. But we don't want WandaVision to be a crazy, over-the-top, fan service-y mess. Marvel knows what's best for their stories, and this was the correct decision.


I am super pumped for the finale. This could be absolutely crazy. Hopefully the Luke Skywalker-level cameo is truly spectacular. This show has been an absolute joyride, bringing out some of Marvel's best unique storytelling. Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Kathryn Hahn have had some of the legitimate best performances in the MCU so far. Marvel may have put out everything they had with Endgame, but they are still going to dominate for the foreseeable future. They are far from gone.


Fun Factor: 8.5/10

Acting: 9.5/10

Story: 9/10

Characters: 9/10

Quality: 9/10


"Previously On"


46 minutes


Aired on February 26, 2021


Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch

Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness

Paul Bettany as Vision

Josh Stamberg as Tyler Hayward

Julian Hilliard as Billy Maximoff/Wiccan

Jett Klyne as Tommy Maximoff/Speed